Why Jiu Jitsu Is The Best Self-Defense Option Man Has
Self-defense is a primal need. There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to defending yourself and your family. And even more so, a lot of considerations to be made when it comes to your children learning to defend themselves from an unpredictable world.
Yes, guns are often touted as the best defense one can have in their arsenal. But gun ownership and use aren’t as simple as people make it out to be. Criminals don’t often stand 10 feet away from you and let you know that they are about to attack you, signifying you should pull your concealed carry from your purse or pocket. Most approach you asking for help, or giving the illusion that they want to ask you something (maybe for directions).
Additionally, concealed carry laws vary from state to state. Although the constitution guarantees you the right to own a gun, many liberal states have found ways to disregard this basic right. Guns can also pose extreme safety hazards to people with kids and to people who just don’t understand how to use one. Pulling a gun on a criminal turns sour if the criminal is then able to take the gun away.
Knives present similar issues.
Jiu Jitsu As Self-Defense
Jiu Jitsu, in my opinion, is the absolute best method of self-defense available to both adults and kids. To both men and women (but especially women). To both the weak and the strong.
The only problem Jiu Jitsu has is that people don’t really understand what it is. They have this misperception of what a Jiu Jitsu gym experience might be like. Many people associate Jiu Jitsu with brutal MMA fights. The fact that MMA fighters apply Jiu Jitsu in their fights should tell you something about Jiu Jitsu as a self-defense application. MMA fights aren’t limited by many martial art restraints, so its a good indicator if an MMA fighter deploys one you know.
Jiu Jitsu Is Grappling – And That Matters A Whole Lot
Jiu Jitsu allows a person of any size to grapple someone of larger size. It allows a child to escape an adult predator. It allows a woman the opportunity to escape a rape situation. It also allows a woman to harm her attacker.
Jiu Jitsu is grappling, much like wrestling, you don’t use punches or kicks to gain an advantage over an attacker. Jiu Jitsu is taught to military personnel around the world, as well as right here in the United States. Police are often trained in Jiu Jitsu.
Most attacks end up on the ground or with a predator or criminal grabbing you. You can see by looking at police reports that most altercations have the people on the ground at some point.
Jiu Jitsu allows a weaker, smaller person to gain an advantage while being held, pinned or grabbed. It teaches the art of transferring someone else’s energy as your own. You can lock their joints, including elbows, fingers, knees and feet. You can learn to deploy a choke even if the person who’s attacking you is on top of you.
Jiu Jitsu is often taught in what is called a Gi. The Gi is a large, thick cloth that mimics a person’s clothes. By training in a Gi, a person learns the art of using someone’s clothes as a weapon. A smaller woman can learn to choke a man using the man’s shirt.
Jiu Jitsu is extraordinarily impactful for children and women.
For women, let’s start with what is known as the Guard position. The guard position means that you have the attacker between your legs. Your legs are typically wrapped around the attacker’s hips.
Let’s look at an example:
You will see that the competitor in blue is using a guard defense against the competitor in black. While this image comes from competition, this imitates a common, real-life attack scenario. This is the position women are put in when a man is attempting a sexual attack.
You can see that the competitor in blue is attacking the competitor in black’s arm. The point? A woman can learn how to stave off a sexual attack, or even turn the tables and injure the attacker.
Jiu Jitsu teaches people how to attack from the guard position. It also teaches them how to escape.
Jiu Jitsu teaches all of the following:
- How to escape when an attacker is completely on top of you.
- How to escape a choke.
- How to perform a Jiu Jitsu choke on someone who’s attacking you.
- How to lock / break an attacker’s joints (fingers, feet, arms, knees, shoulders, wrist).
- How to “roll” someone off of you that has an advantageous position.
Jiu Jitsu For Kids
For kids, Jiu Jitsu can help with the following.
- Build confidence.
- Escape a predator’s attempt to kidnap or harm.
- Deal with school bullies.
- Help teen girls thwart male attackers
Jiu Jitsu for kids just makes sense. Jiu Jitsu should be an option for kids in school.
Jiu Jitsu Vs Karate?
I’m about to offend a whole lot of people. How do I know this? Because lots of people put their kids in karate and those people tend to get very offended when I tell them that karate isn’t a great option for self-defense.
Let me be clear: Your kid loves karate, then leave them in it. But if you are putting them in karate to learn self-defense, karate has a lot of problems and in my opinion, it can do more harm than good in a real-life self-defense scenario.
Karate is a martial art reliant on striking and doesn’t offer much in the way of defense. It also offers no strategy if / when the attacker grabs the child. A child’s strikes would have to be incredibly hard to thwart an attacker’s nefarious agenda.
Striking often results in broken hands. This is why boxers ultimately wrap their hands before even sparing.
Karate also promotes kids no matter what. Jiu Jitsu forces kids to earn upgraded belts. Kids who take Jiu Jitsu get legitimately good at it.
Jiu Jitsu Is An MMA Fighter Thing….
This is what many parents tell me as to why they placed their kids in karate, as opposed to Jiu Jitsu. They feel that Jiu Jitsu is some gory UFC experience. The opposite, however, is true.
Because Jiu Jitsu doesn’t promote striking, it is way less injury prone for the trainee. Jiu Jitsu promotes self-control of one’s body. Jiu Jitsu warm-ups often include yoga positions.
Jiu Jitsu Is The Best Place To Start
I would suggest knowing Jiu Jitsu even before owning a gun if it is at all possible. If an attacker grabs you and you are carrying a firearm, you will have two priorities immediately: Escape the attack and make sure the attacker does not get access to the firearm. If you know Jiu Jitsu, you improve both odds immensely.
Jiu JItsu may not be for everyone, but it is for a lot of peope. I’d recommend searching for either Renzo Gracie or Gracie Barra programs in your community. Read reviews on Jiu Jitsu gyms as well because there are a lot of fraud programs. Jiu Jitsu gyms should be a welcoming experience for everyone. If yours isn’t, its not a good one.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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